If you’re suffering from pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, physical therapy and occupational therapy may be the answer to your problems. At MedAmerica in Deerfield Beach, our therapists are experts in the effective treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Whether you’ve been experiencing symptoms for just a few weeks, or you’ve been dealing with pain for years, we can assist you on your road to recovery.
Carpal tunnel syndrome effects both the hands and forearms
Unusual pain in the wrist and hands, cramping, swelling, tingling of the fingers, and weakness are often the first signs of carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel syndrome can effect people of all ages, but is most often seen in adults as it often takes years for the symptoms to progress to the point where they are diagnosed by a medical professional. While surgery is sometimes required in the more advanced stages of carpal tunnel syndrome, a combination of occupational therapy and physical therapy is the most common form of treatment for those suffering from pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Some of the most common causes of carpal tunnel syndrome:
- Repetitive movement of the wrist and hands (typing, twisting, turning)
- Complications from wrist fractures
- Cysts that exert pressure on the on the median nerve
- Inflammation of the wrist and hands
- Metabolic disorders such as diabetes and gout
Depending on the severity of your case, non-surgical methods of treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome such as occupational therapy and physical therapy may be your best option.
Diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome
There are a variety of tools used to diagnose carpal tunnel syndrome. Doctors often use a combination of medical history, physical examinations, nerve conduction studies and ultrasounds when determining if a patient has carpal tunnel syndrome.
Treating carpal tunnel syndrome with a combination of physical therapy and behavioral changes
In most cases, surgery is not required for those suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome. Instead, doctors usually recommend a combination of physical therapy along with splinting and behavioral changes to their patients. This may require time to be taken off work, at which point the patient may be eligible for workers’ compensation as a result of their carpal tunnel syndrome. At MedAmerica, our experts in physical therapy can assist those who are suffering from pain as a result of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Contact us at MedAmerica today to book an appointment to consult with our physical therapists, occupational therapists and chiropractors. We have a team of highly skilled specialists who work together to help regain the joy of living without pain.